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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH 1/2] Add armv6l Support as guest



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> I tried the above but using the latest Raspbian Stretch Lite image instead of Arch:
> the guest comes up with no issues and offers serial console access, so that part
> works nicely.
Yes, this might better fit as the kernel is based on Debian (=Raspbian) and arch uses a complete
Different kernel. However I want to use Arch for different reasons, so I am going to try how to get
It working better.
> 
> However, I notice that you are using '--network none' and so of course there is
> no network connectivity inside the guest. My own attempts at fixing this were
> unsuccessful, in that I can get a PCI device such as rtl8139 or even virtio-net-pci
> to be detected by the guest, but the corresponding drivers are not included in
> the kernel downloaded from the GitHub repository linked above; the versatilepb
> board's own integrated network device (smc91c111), on the other hand, seems
> not to support instantiation via -device and is thus not usable without adding
> hacks to libvirt. Did you manage to get network functionality working some
> other way?
No, I did not get network going yet. I saw the same two options, either hack libvirt to be
able to deal with default NIC or add virtio support to the kernel.
> 
> Since you already need a custom kernel to boot the image with QEMU, and you
> also use an approximation of the actual hardware rather than a faithful
> reproduction, I think it would make sense to go one step further and include
> VirtIO drivers in the kernel image.
Ideal solution would be an arch package with a kernel that supports both smc91c111 and virtio
to be flexible. Lets see if I get it working, but being able to work on it only in my spare time it will take
a while.
However the patches are the basic to keep on working on a custom kernel :=)

Stefan Schallenberg



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